Energy Workshops for Teachers
Please contact Marie Tremblay - marie[at]abcee.org if you are interested in any of our workshops.
Preparing Students for Their Energy Future
We teach students about energy but creating a deep understanding is not easy. We use it everyday but we don't really understand it very well. We’ll show you how you can deliver on your curriculum while helping your students deepen their understanding of our evolving energy systems, compare the impacts of existing and emerging energy sources, and assess the benefits and costs of our energy choices on ourselves, our communities and our environment. This session will use simple technology to create real data for electricity use that will peak your students curiosity for them to use their investigative and critical thinking skills. You’ll ‘learn by doing’ some of our favourite curriculum-linked energy activities geared specifically for elementary students and review some key resources you can use in your classroom. This workshop targets Division I and II teachers. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to be able to access the internet.
Energy Champions: Engaging Secondary Students in Climate-friendly Energy Solutions
Are you struggling to make energy a fun and engaging topic for your students? If you are, then this workshop is for you! Using real data and an investigative and critical thinking approach, we’ll show you how to help your students deepen their understanding of our evolving energy system, compare the impacts of existing and emerging energy sources including renewables, and assess the implications of our own energy use for climate change. We’ll also show you how you can work with your students to use energy metering technology to conduct an energy audit and develop and implement a plan to be more energy efficient, conserve energy, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. This workshop is designed specifically for Division III and IV teachers. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to be able to access the internet.
Energy Heroes: Engaging Elementary Students in Climate-friendly Energy Solutions
It’s never too early to instill good energy habits in our students and this workshop will show you how to do that, and connect to your curriculum, in a fun and engaging way - whether you’re teaching kindergarten or grade 6. We’ll show you how to help your students deepen their understanding of core concepts like energy, systems, connectedness, and citizenship as we explore how energy is generated, transported and used. We’ll also show you how your students can become true energy (and climate) champions by using energy metering technology to conduct an energy audit and develop a plan to be more energy efficient, conserve energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You’ll ‘learn by doing’ some of our favourite energy activities geared specifically for elementary students and review some key resources you can use in your classroom.
Energy Transition in Alberta - Experience the Shift!
Come and experience the energy shift! The energy system in Alberta is a complex system of companies, non-governmental organizations, governments, and stakeholders. This unique simulation activity will allow you to experience the energy system, and the transition that is underway, from a different set of eyes...and have some fun at the same time!
During this session, we will guide participants through the Energy Transition Game and play it together. You will then learn how to bring the game into your classroom and will be provided the resources to do so. This integrative activity allows students to see the interplay between the science of energy, and corporate and government decision making; we’ve designed it to connect to both Grade 9 Social Studies and Science curricula, with the potential to be adapted to other Grade levels as well. The game helps students develop skills for evaluating different forms of energy production from both renewable and non-renewable sources, requiring them to consider the efficiency, effectiveness, and environmental impact of different energy sources, all while negotiating with other stakeholders and considering social and economic dimensions.
This game is brought to you by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that works collaboratively to advance energy and environmental education in Alberta.
We’d like to acknowledge that an earlier version of this game was developed as a training tool by Suncor Energy; the team there has given us permission to modify this game based on teacher feedback so that it supports our mission - and, more importantly, supports student learning.